Maine Makes Probationers’ Records Public; Some Advocates Worry


Thirty-six convicted murderers and 24 kidnappers live on probation in Maine communities, says a new database created for the Maine Department of Corrections. The website allows people to search through the database of state's 9,160 adult prisoners and probationers, reports the Bangor Daily News. The goal is to allow victims to track their abusers and to reduce the workload for corrections staff members who typically handle information requests.

Prisoner advocates say the new database is a scary tool that might prevent probationers from integrating into their communities. The database can paint a frightening picture, says the newspaper. The Bangor area has 1,888 convicts on probation. Of them, there are 370 drug offenders, 36 arsonists, 202 sex offenders, 20 people convicted of manslaughter, four kidnappers and one man who was convicted of criminally using explosives. “Knowing offenders are running around might change the way people think about where they live,” said Judy Plummer, Maine Department of Corrections director of special programs. “This puts an awareness out there that people released from prison are out there.” Prisoner advocates worry about how the new database will affect the lives of people who are now on the right path.

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